While Disney’s animated classics continue to get live action remakes, whether of the studio’s own doing or via some other production company digging into the same fairytale source materials, it’s nice to see that “Lady and the Tramp” will probably be left alone. At least in feature form, that is. Instead of announcing another movie in the vein of either 1996’s “101 Dalmations” or “Maleficent,” the upcoming reworking of “Sleeping Beauty,” Disney has gone ahead and shown us what at least one iconic scene from “Lady and the Tramp” looks like redone in live action form. The following video was produced by the studio itself as both a Valentine’s Day treat and part of its promotion of the new DVD and Blu-ray releases of the 1955 film. Enjoy:
And that’s it, that’s all we need. As much as I’m certain a fully realized live action version of “Lady and the Tramp” would do ridiculous box office, thanks to the perpetual entertainment value of real animals made to seem like they’re talking and doing human things, nobody really needs more than this one memorable spaghetti dinner bit. Whereas films like “101 Dalmatians,” “Sleeping Beauty” and others have great villains to be portrayed with immense camp appeal by Hollywood stars, as far as I can recall there’s not much in “Lady” that could spawn such fun incarnations. It might just come off as a generic talking animal movie, like “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” or “Cats and Dogs.” Which of course doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be popular, just unncessary and sort of a backtracking of what’s magical about the original. Even this video would seem like another tired spoof if it weren’t from the hands of Disney themselves.
Thankfully no other studio or company could remake “Lady and the Tramp” either since it’s one of the few Disney animated classics not based on an old literary work presently in the public domain, like the ever-revisted tales of “Snow White,” “Peter Pan,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Robin Hood.” Though loosely inspired by a short story published in Cosmopolitan, it was “adapted” as a fairly original story. Warner Bros. can parody the spaghetti bit in one of its cartoons, as can this scene be spoofed by “The Simpsons” and plenty other shows, but that’s about it. Disney has also already done the inevitable direct-to-video sequel, which I’m sure is enough of an offense against the first movie for its fans.
But who knows, maybe this video will actually end up a teaser, or a testing ground, before Disney really announces a remake. It’s expected that in the future everything will eventually be redone anyway. Maybe I should go back and add “Lady” to my list of Disney classics Tim Burton will inevitably remake.